A Successful 31st Saint John’s Model United Nations Conference

Tom Bitar '20
A Successful 31st Saint John’s Model United Nations Conference - A Hectic Month for One Smooth Day
After an extended amount of time for preparation, workshops, and supply procurement, over three hundred delegates from many regional schools gathered at Saint John’s High School for SJMUNC XXXI, the school’s annual Model United Nations conference. The committees, chaired by members of the Saint John’s Model UN club, included the UN Human Rights Council, the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee, and the UN Security Council. The topics ranged from reporters in the Middle East to Net Neutrality to Gun Control.

Opening Ceremonies began shortly after 8 A.M, following a breakfast that offered bagels, muffins, coffee, and more, to all delegates participating in the conference. Committee ran straight until 11 A.M, when a half-hour break took place and lunch was provided. The Conference offered a sizable variety of sandwiches, salads, cookies, and beverages to all those taking part in SJMUNC XXXI, thanks to Eric's Patisserie and Mr. Eric Jasmin P'12, who has been our long-time caterer.

Model UN alumni Brendan Mahoney '14 and Austin Parente '18 stopped by to support our current student-leaders, notably Secretary General Tom Pickering '19 and Executive Officer Ryan Rivard '19.

SJMUN is grateful to the faculty moderators from 26 New England schools as well as our own faculty advisors, Mr. Chuck Abdella '92, Mr. Kevin Browne, and Mr. Steve Favulli. All in all, the conference appeared to be widely successful and certainly lived up to the high bar that the school set for itself. SJMUN heads to Brown University in November.

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